Bill Goodykoontz
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For 825 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Goodykoontz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 20 Midget Zombie Takeover
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 825
825 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The visuals are stunning, perhaps the most fully realized of any film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's one of the best movies of the year, one of the best entries ever in the Way We Live Now oeuvre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    50/50 is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is particularly rewarding to see Clooney outside his comfort zone of self-composed cool in The Descendants, Alexander Payne's beautifully gentle, funny and moving film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Artist is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A great movie, a look inside a world so foreign that it might as well be another planet, yet so universal that its observations are painfully familiar to anyone, anywhere.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Simply put, Argo is why we go to movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Wreck-It Ralph is smart, funny, sweet and sassy. And that's just Sarah Silverman's character... The movie is a treat for kids and the parents they drag to see it. Or maybe it'll be the other way around. Either way. It doesn't matter how you get to it. Just get there.
    • Arizona Republic
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    A great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Though everyone is older this time around, and the themes are darker, harder to enjoy, the conversation is just as engrossing. So is the film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    What a great movie.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is a remarkable achievement.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    The acting is outstanding, the direction assured if straightforward. 12 Years a Slave is a history lesson of the best type. It’s brilliant. But, more crucially, it’s important. It’s brutal truth that demands to be seen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Her
    Her is an outstanding movie, in part because of its originality, but also because of its execution.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Goodykoontz
    Boyhood is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Toy Story 3 is very much a worthy entry in the series, a movie well worth making (and seeing). It continues the legacy. It just doesn't expand upon it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Secret in Their Eyes never lets you forget that you're watching a movie - and never lets you wish you were doing anything else.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Please Give is an almost perfectly rendered slice of life, buoyant with wonderful performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's Douglas' movie - and you've got a fine movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Like its stars, the film's not particularly flashy, it's just good, and it's hard to find fault in that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The naturalistic style Michod employs adds to the sense of dread.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    In theory, we go to movies for enjoyment. Director Rodrigo Cortés inverts that notion with Buried, a terrific, claustrophobic, fist-clenching film in which he tortures his audience in exquisite fashion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a measure of how good a film Nowhere Boy is that it would be compelling even if it were the story of the formative years of a boy named Joe Brown.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Scarier than anything you'll find in a horror movie this time of year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    To say that the film is uncomfortable to watch is an understatement. It's searing. Yet it's also invaluable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's all or nothing with Black Swan. Either you embrace its headlong descent into madness brought on by the pressures of artistic perfection, compounded by smothering anxiety, or you reject it. It's that simple.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    127 Hours is based on Ralston's memoir, and it's a really good movie because director Danny Boyle is a genius.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    David O. Russell's film makes use of some terrific performances - Christian Bale is brilliant, as is Melissa Leo, even by their lofty standards.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A host of British acting royalty, meanwhile, roams around the film: Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill and so on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Once it's done, you feel terrible for these people, for their lives, for their daughter, especially. Is that entertainment? To each his own, but it is compelling and, yes, rewarding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The acting is uniformly terrific, just a marvel to watch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Chomet's defiantly two-dimensional artwork is warm, inviting, beautiful, establishing immediately a comfort level, at least for audiences of, ahem, a certain age.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Shaffer's inexperience pays off. He's completely natural as a mixed-up kid (and great on the mat).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Everything Must Go leaves the resolution open, not telegraphing Nick's future. It is as unsettled as life, and the film is all the better for it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Yun's performance is genuinely beautiful, a haunting expression of life, of its disappointments and its possibilities, rendered in a way that befits the title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    At times hilarious but ultimately heartbreaking, Project Nim is a great chronicle of the 1970s and all the nutty ideas that implies; academia in particular comes in for a hard reckoning.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    For much of the movie Morris simply lets the loquacious McKinney talk, and she never, ever stops. And she never disappoints.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A fantastically entertaining movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Bursts at the seams with wild creativity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Not just a fascinating character study but a kind of horror movie as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A terrific piece of entertainment. The financial lingo will please money wonks. But the film as a whole focuses more on the people and personalities who went into such a catastrophic failure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Olsen makes us understand, as best we can, Martha's plight. She has a tenuous grip on reality, and, thanks to Olsen's performance and Durkin's sure hand, by the film's end, so do we.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Clever and current without being cynical, smart without being condescending, funny without being exclusionary to grown-ups or to kids.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    What Scorsese has really made is a beautifully crafted love letter to movies, the passion of his life. What sounded like an odd pairing winds up being a perfect fit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Melancholia is an intense, exhausting experience. That may not sound appealing, and for some, it won't be. But nor should it be off-putting. Proceed with caution, perhaps. But proceed nevertheless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This isn't a movie for everyone, but for fans of quirky charm leavened occasionally by uncomfortable, realistic exchanges, it's a small delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Some of the behavior of Uriel and Eliezer will make you squirm. But Ashkenazi and Bar-Aba are so compelling in their performances of difficult men that you'll gladly suffer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic poke in the eye of our horror-movie expectations.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    As its title suggests, This Is Not a Film may not be what we're used to in a movie, but in many ways it's much, much more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is gripping from the start, not just because of the quality of the music, but because of Marley's magnetic, challenging personality, as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Jiro Ono is a magician.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The real hero here is Joss Whedon, who directs the film with a fanboy's enthusiasm and a thorough knowledge of the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The catharsis found here is far quieter, and much more effective, whether it be the pain expressed in a student's essay or the honesty found in a simple gesture, one that ends the film in beautifully moving fashion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There isn't a false note among the performances. It's the first movie for Hayward and Gilman; whatever awkwardness they display is appropriate. Willis may never have been better. Norton is fantastic. Murray and McDormand are also ... well, you get the idea.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    A mixture of magical realism, Southern gothic, coming-of-age movie, star turn for first-timers, disaster story and out-and-out strangeness. It's unlike any film you've seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Although it can be harrowing and disturbing, Joachim Trier's film -- and Lie's performance -- are so masterful that the movie seems more like a searing portrait of self-discovery and realization, with the understanding that not everything you learn about yourself will be pleasant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It makes you think. And that's invaluable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The film is not an epic. It's not a masterpiece. But it is an involving study of men searching, searching for answers, for belonging, for a foothold in life at a time when footholds were hard to find.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The great success for Mendes and Craig, however, is that while Skyfall obviously has a great fondness for the past, it's not trapped there. It also anticipates Bond's future. In this immensely satisfying movie, so do we.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    If it sounds like so much backroom politicking, it is. But it's exceptionally interesting, entertaining backroom politicking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is compulsively watchable. ... Throwing together so many movie tropes and blending them is both a brilliant idea and a scary one, but one that Russell proves well capable of handling.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Riva, meanwhile, is astounding, not just in the way she portrays the physical manifestation of her decline, particularly later in the film, but also earlier, when she knows she is fading and does not wish to do so. The look in her eyes, the sadness in her face, is crushing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    As with "The Central Park Five," you come away from the film impressed by the storytelling but enraged by the facts. It's outrageous that this kind of thing happens, but Berg does an outstanding job of showing us how it does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The whole film is an exercise in trust and the lack thereof. In the end, it’s a kind of horror film, really, a reminder that these sorts of things were endured by so many for so long, with hope an unlikely ally.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Using the interviews along with news footage and occasional re-enactments, Moreh conducts a kind of primer in the organization’s history, which is, in its own way, a history of modern Israel. It’s fascinating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    What makes 56 Up, like the “Up” films before it, so remarkable is how it puts these stories together, giving us an ensemble of characters as interesting as any in a scripted drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is not an anti-religious polemic, though it easily could have gone that way. Instead it is a much more thoughtful film and in some ways more troubling. No one is trying to do the wrong thing here, but, as with most things in life, it becomes increasingly hard to know what the right thing might be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is undeniably fun to see such a great movie sliced and diced and put back together in so many ways. Too often when we see a movie we like, we just say it’s good, recommend it to someone and leave it at that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s all a neat trick. Or exercise. Or brain-teaser. Whatever you want to call it, Upstream Color is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. But once you have seen it, once isn’t going to be enough
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Star Trek Into Darkness is a giddy homage to what’s come before it, but it also at least tries to go boldly where ... well, you know.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There is no particularly cathartic climax to Frances Ha. Instead there is a more realistic depiction of Frances’ growth. Like Gerwig’s performance, it’s natural, it’s realistic, perfectly believable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Directors Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me looks at the band’s rise, such as it was, and its inevitable crumbling, as well as the influence its recorded legacy had on popular music. And it’s terrific.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It isn’t just a terrific movie. It’s an important one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Act of Killing is a horrifying film, a surreal experience that explores the limits of human cruelty. It’s a film that is absolutely hard to watch. It’s also a film that absolutely should be seen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    James Ponsoldt’s film, and its stars, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, continually take us in unexpected directions, giving the film an unexpected depth. It feels real, its emotions earned.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is a film as powerful as it is painful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Howard, whose first job as a director was the 1977 Roger Corman-produced “Grand Theft Auto,” has captured what is surely the greatest racing footage ever shot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    You may or may not be surprised by developments here, but it doesn’t really matter. What does is the honesty of the characters and the absolute delight it is to spend time with them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Jean-Marc Vallee’s film is anything but standard, thanks to an astonishing performance by Matthew McConaughey.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Frozen is a delightful animated musical, a return to form for Disney animation with an intriguing story and terrific songs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Boasting terrific acting, a brilliant soundtrack, outrageous outfits and hair, and a kinda-sorta based-on-fact story of ambition and greed, it’s relentless, in the best possible way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can’t really appreciate what you’ve seen until it’s over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is absurd, ridiculous, over the top, overindulgent, overlong, overstuffed, over-everythinged. And that is precisely the point.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    The Lego Movie is a delight, a funny, fast-moving film that should satisfy adults and children alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It’s fascinating and funny while forcing us to consider the line between technology and art.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's a terrific movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Chen captures with both humor and heartbreaking realism the complicated mechanics of the family dynamic and how outside forces work to shape it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    [Jodorowsky's] a hoot, and so is Jodorowsky's Dune. But it's something more, too, a look at twisted genius and missed opportunities, a sad but intriguing combination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It is exceptional acting, and Locke is a tremendous piece of filmmaking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    Ida
    Spare, haunting and in its own way beautiful, Ida is an absorbing film about discovering the truth, and the attendant price we pay to learn it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    There are surprises and plenty of action. What's good about Snowpiercer is how they all blend together; each element informs the other.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's easy to get carried away with movies like this, which lend themselves to fanboy hype. It's not a perfect movie. But it is one that is hugely enjoyable, bears repeated viewings and will be as funny in 10 years (or 50) as it is now. And that's pretty swell.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    It's not a great movie so much as it is great moviemaking. It's basically a potboiler genre film, a B-movie with big talent attached.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    Carroll purists and freshman English majors may be aghast at the change in story, but for those who watched "Avatar" and marveled at the images but were left wanting by the wooden acting and tired story, "Alice" is a treat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Goodykoontz
    This is unhinged genius, an amazing piece of acting. Brutal, yes, but magnetic all the same.